Friday, June 19, 2015

Student Tips: Make the classroom work for you.

It is a common notion among teachers that more study time is wasted in the classroom than in any other place. That’s a shame because the classroom is really the starting point of effective studying. In this setting, you are able to receive information as well as directions from your teacher if you are willing to be attentive and participate.

Here’s an important consideration:

Your teachers want you to succeed, but you have to be willing to participate in the learning process.

Your instructors want you to learn what they are teaching and benefit from the information. In most cases, they have spent years preparing for their jobs, and they can make a difference by contributing to your education. But you are an essential part of this process. How you prepare for and participate in class helps determine whether your teacher can be effective.

Let’s begin with the obvious., you have to be there. If you don’t attend class, you lose the opportunity to learn the material for that day; and, even worse, you’ll start falling behind for the entire semester.

Second, when you get to class, pick out a good seat that’s close enough to see and hear what the teacher is saying. Make sure your seat is far enough from distractions like talkative friends.

Third, be an active listener in the classroom. Work on developing strong listening skills. Your goal is to coordinate your listening and thinking with what the teacher is saying. Remember, much of the material that shows up on tests is usually presented during class. Listen closely for clues that the teacher provides regarding important information: for example, “This is important” or “Don’t forget this.”

Fourth, communicate with your teacher and ask questions when necessary. Try to see your teacher as a partner in the learning process. Be assertive enough to ask your teacher to clarify points that your don’t understand. This builds your relationship with the teacher and opens up communication. You can be sure that other students have similar questions and need to get more involved in classroom discussions.

Fifth, learn to take good notes that highlight key points and potential test questions. You can do this by indenting, underlining, or any other type of formatting that stands out. Later, you can go over this information with a highlight pen. If your notes are messy and difficult to read, redo them after class while your memory is fresh. Include friends when needed to make sure you have covered the essential points made by the teacher.

Finally, make sure you keep your thoughts about class positive. Avoid negative messages such as “Class is a waste of my time.” And avoid negative conversations with others that criticize teachers and their efforts.

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